SPL start inquiry while SFA pussyfoot


The Scottish Premier League has acted with clarity, issuing a statement today that they have instructed an inquiry into the alleged non-disclosure of payments to the league by Rangers since the inception of the SPL on 1 July 1998.

The SPL statement refers to rules to “impose a prohibition on players receiving payments for playing football or participating in an activity connected with football except where such payments are made in accordance with a form of contract approved by the SPL and require that all such contracts are submitted to the SPL within 14 days of being entered into.”

They helpfully link to The Rules of the SPL, which is sure to be one of the most read regulation documents in the world this week.

Compare and contrast this action with the goings-on at the Scottish Football Association.

SFA chief executive, Stewart Regan, told Scotland on Sunday the association president, Campbell Ogilvie, is “heavily conflicted” on the subject of the investigation into Rangers and as such would not be a party to conclusions, saying, “Campbell won’t play any part in any meeting, discussion or conclusion on any activities surrounding Rangers”.

It would, of course, be helpful for Mr Ogilvie to tell his SFA colleges exactly what went on when he was general secretary and director of Rangers.  His evidence should be an integral part of the investigation, unless his memory is less effective than fellow ex-Rangers director, Hugh Adam.

Regan spent some of last week dismissing demands for a comment on allegations that Rangers have improperly registered football players for over a decade by suggesting matters concerning the club were under investigation, headed by Lord Nimmo Smith, which is due to report this week.  However, it appears that Nimmo Smith’s secret terms of reference do not include the most important question surrounding the club.  On the subject of improper registration, Regan said, “The board will meet to discuss it within a week or maybe slightly longer. Very, very quickly the board will get together to consider the facts.”

Scotland on Sunday’s Tom English induced a variety of reactive quotes from Regan.  Asked if the SFA would hold an inquiry into Rangers contracts, he said, “That will depend on the board’s view of the facts and what information is there. The situation is changing daily and new information is emerging all the time. We’ve got our hands on certain pieces of information and we’re exploring it and we’re asking for further information. By the time the board meets we will have a fuller picture and if it’s the board’s opinion that they want a fuller investigation then that will be an option. If they feel they have enough facts to draw some conclusions then that will be their decision.”

So now we know that Lord Nimmo Smith’s report is likely to ignore the main issue surrounding Rangers.  Without SFA clarification, we can only guess it will address the Fit and Proper suitability of Craig Whyte to own a football club, surely a complete waste of resources.

We also know that the association might still decide against investigating the evidence of Hugh Adam, The Sun newspaper, and various other journalists, that second contracts exist.

The SFA cannot be dragged along behind the story like this.  Like the SPL, it should issue an early statement of intent to investigate the serious allegations made about Rangers during their president’s time on the club’s board.

Step up, Mr Regan.

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  1. RogueLeader on 5 March, 2012 at 16:07 said:



    Anyone remember when wee Nacho Ratface was convicted and fined at court? Remember when he told said court his wages were paltry? Do you think said court took his word for it or saw a wageslip? Do you think wee Ratface was actually being paid paltry amounts?



    They are finished





    I don’t remember when it was, but I do remember reading about it.


    If I remember correctly, he was up in court in Greenock, for a motoring offence, for which he was fined, something around £400.



    It was stated that his wages were £1k per week.


    It was the size of the wage that drew my attention, when you consider that he was offered much higher wages than we reputedly offered.

  2. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    Sniveller on snyde, trying to talk down terry, get in ya Internet bampot!

  3. Bhoys, I must admit I’m having trouble keeping up, so I just have three simple questions regarding the saga that is Scottish football and RFC (IA).


    Hopefully some kind soul will be able to give me a few simple pointers.



    1 – What the EF has been going on?


    2 – What the EF is going on?


    3 – What the EF is going to happen?



    Merci (and excuse my French).



  4. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    Sniveller, a club is innocent ’til proven guilty!


    Duffy, two seperate contracts no! Never!


    Terry’s question still not answered, dawell said he saw two contracts, is sniveller calling him a liar?

  5. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    On a follow up to your previous response regarding players culpability in tax evasion – if my employer makes a mistake in my tax code and I underpay on PAYE, the taxman comes after me for the money, not my employer.



    Now I can understand that with a lot of the players involved, geography puts them outside of the clutches of HMRC. However, if the FTT finds against Rangers, is it clear that only the club are liable for the tax etc.? Could HMRC pursue the individuals who benefited – particularly if Rangers liquidate?

  6. I might have to unfollow a lot of people on twitter who don’t tweet about RFCIA for a bit. They are just distracting me. Obsessed much?……Yes. Yes, I am.

  7. Why are clueless clowns like Duffy and Keevins on Clyde, making the rules up as they go along.



    If huns are guilty they go to the 3rd division simples.



    No bending of rules for anyone and if there is there will be serious repercussions.

  8. Evening CQN.



    Keep at em Paul67



    Just got a reply from the SFA regarding the bigotfest at Ibrokes when Killie played, which is the usual grand statements with no discernible action taken. The only reason I’m posting it is the last sentence is really laughable.



    “You may be aware that recently the Scottish FA has worked closely with the Scottish Government, the Police and other agencies in introducing new legislation which will give the police greater powers to deal with sectarianism. This together with many other initiatives tackling the issue we can hope to see a reduction in sectarian incidents moving forward.



    We are committed to an equal society where regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity everyone enjoys football while respecting others.



    I do hope you see improvements in this behaviour.”

  9. thomthethim on 5 March, 2012 at 18:53 said:



    thomthethim on 5 March, 2012 at 18:28 said:



    Woefully behind with my reading, but, I would urge everyone to save the link posted in this article.




    Big Nan on 5 March, 2012 at 15:32 said:



    Anyone not sure that Rangers and dignity are an example of oxymoron should check out the Falling Masonry article on Celtic Wiki here: http://www.thecelticwiki.com/page/Rangers+-+Falling+Masonry






    To those of us of a certain age and who were at Ibrox on that day, the story told is one of remembering the Press reports of the day.



    To the younger readers, it is conclusive proof of what that club has been historically capable.




    There are good and bad Masons and the Sheriff and Sheriff Principal in the Ibrox Disaster damages cases were probably in the Craft but respect to Sheriff Smith he didn’t miss them and hit the wall!



    I have to laugh to myself when it is said that Rangers wouldn’t corrupt referees. To those who say this I would make them read the Falling Masonry article.

  10. why is there no comment on snyde about the


    stark contrast between rfcinternet sites and


    cfc sites -the bile on theyre sites does not have


    an equivalent forum-its another elephant to join the herd

  11. What I can’t believe is that players haven’t realised is that if they agree to have their contract annulled ( i.e. they are unwilling to take any pay cut) then they can sign for another club. I can understand you maybe willing to negotiate as there are no guarantee that another club will meet your wage demand, esp. If you have an inflated wage i.e Whitaker. However, the length of delay seems excessive, do you think the PFA are giving bad advice for obvious reasons or that they are being conned by promises that they will be reimbursed at a later date… Something stinks, rangers have never done the right thing why start now…

  12. Tomthetim:



    Is their legendary “dignified silence” a euphemism for their “skullduggery” or is it the converse? Does it matter? Their cheating bas…

  13. Whatever part of my club is dependent on Rangers I am willing to lose – formerly known as Malone19 on 5 March, 2012 at 19:05 said:


    Does Hugh Keevins ever answer a question?



    Yes he does, well in the law of the land lol.

  14. I see the death by a thousand cuts continus. What’s not to like? another day gone, no savings made, another enquiry announced and the Duffers fees keep increasing.






    are they doing their jobs properly? Should HMRC be thinking about another court visit? Day 21 and still no substantial savings.

  15. Evening bhoys,


    asked earlier but no replies,but does anyone have a rough guess as


    to how much the administrators have pocketed so far from ibrokes

  16. Gus – CW has been keeping a dignified silence?



    Even Keevins won’t buy that!



    Gus needs help… He sounds ill…

  17. 'crushed nuts?' 'Naw, Layringitis!' on

    The players won’t agree to anything they want an ‘unacceptable’ pay cut so that they can walk away with dignity and not carry the can for ranjurz going teesup.


    Sniveller thinks that CW is the most reviled man in ranjurz history, really Sniv? So CW brought in EBTs, hidden contracts and mortgaged every available income stream? Or was that Sir Minty?

  18. Agent Craig "Green and" Whyte!! on

    Anybody understand why if der hun are facing extinction no matter what and then having to try the newhunco route.


    Why are duff and duffer going out of their way to keep the first team intact.


    I could see the point if they were confident of coming out of admin in time for next season or even for the 31st of march.


    The whole thing just stinks to me, more than the santa look-a-alike along from the dugout at ibrokes, now he looks like he really stinks.

  19. Keevins is more slippery than a politician in a teflon suit and lubricated in KY jelly…or a bald ferret dunked in a vat of vegetable oil…take yer pick…and that is no virtue in a man whose professional purpose is to promote communication…language to him is a form of camouflage…

  20. Mixu Patelaainen on ESPN there “The SPL needs Rangers”



    No mention that they systematically cheated Scottish football and the taxpayer for over a decade



    Total numpty



    Stephen Craigan on the same show “There should be no job losses at Rangers. A wage deferral till the end of the season is the way to go”



    Another numpty who doesn’t understand the Administration process



    Long may the pain linger for these Hun apologists

  21. Evening bhoys, from a warm hun free mountain.



    Had a quick scan back, some superb posts.



    I agree with those who say that the HMRC are allowing D and D to do their biz without intervention.



    My problem with this is they are not looking after the other creditors interests.



    It’s obvious that the likes of McGregor, Davis, Naismith, Whitaker are not on the hun books, hence the SPL investigation, but I’ll no be holding my breath on the outcome.



    This admin is the biggest farce I have ever seen.



    Still to hear a single pundit or anyone connected with the hun admit they have done wrong and apologise.

  22. Perhaps the players are still there as it is taking Duff and Duffer a long time to sift through all the faxed offers received for the players in the summer to determine if any of the players actually have a sale value or if the faxes all came from an unknown (wig wearing?) agent in an unknown universe?




  23. Seems the PR company that are Duff and Phelps are not carrying out their duties to the creditors as directed by the court…i wonder if HMRC are looking on with “interest “

  24. Big Nan



    Thank you for posting the link to that article, bona fide journalism with integrity. First time I have read it too.






    Thanks for drawing my attention to it, for like yourself that dark day lives long in my memory.

  25. Busy day and haven’t had the chance to read back.



    Can some one tell me, are HMRC within their rights to return to the Court of Session and ask for D&P to be replaced as administrators? Presumably on the grounds of gross misconduct and astonishing ineptitude.



    The whole thing stinks.

  26. Agent Craig "Green and" Whyte!! on

    Seen as duff and duffer are struggling to cut costs at the bigot dome, i thought id help.


    Now there must be plenty of cleaners, security guards,and youth players who could be trusted to look after the kit.


    In fact i’d even trust kirkie broadface to put out his own strip without hurting himself..well maybe not.


    So thats the kitmans job been taken care of.


    Thats one wage saved so….



  27. The Ghood will prevail on

    Caller: Can I ask Mr Keevins a question please?


    Keevins (sighing wearily): I cannot so much as BEGIN to answer that question. My expertise is not to do with the nomenclature of sports broadcasters. How can I be expected to answer the caller before HMRC reports their findings? The questions of whether I am, or am not, actually called ‘Keevins’, and whether you can or cannot ask me a question, are easy for internet bampots to speculate upon; however we on Radio Clyde are bound by the laws of the land, by libel and defamation acts passed by Parl-I-ament. Other colum-N-ists in the Daily Record might speculate upon my identity – that is for them to say. I may or may not agree with their conclusions but I defend utterly their right to express them. I am a sports journalist: how am I supposed to comprehend the minutae of contract and tax law that has gone on at Rangers over the last 20 yeards, and its crucial bearing over whether my name is, in fact, ‘Keevins’?


    Caller: I only asked!